Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 089: Horror Shorts and an Interview With Nicholas Peterson

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Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In Episode 089, Jay of the Dead needed to take the week off again (this time to help out over on the Geek Cast Live Podcast), but Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you a fascinating discussion of short-form horror cinema.

Wolfman Josh also welcomes filmmaker Nicholas Peterson back to the podcast to explore the career of a short horror film director. Nick also tells us about some of his favorite shorts.

Lastly, Dave and Josh give you their Top 5 Horror Shorts lists.

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B-artwork for this ep inspired by listener Juan. Thanks, buddy! You can follow Juan on Twitter @thereaperofsoul and you can actually buy these shorts here: http://bit.ly/1W9pIkv

SHOW NOTES:

[0:01:11] I. Theme Discussion: HORROR SHORTS

— The world of short films
— Short film formats
— Documentary, animation, and other genre discussion
— Anthologies and collections
— Shorts that became features
— Music videos
— Watch some of the films we focused on in our discussion:

Marv Newland’s Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969):


Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982):


Christopher Alan Broadstone’s My Skin! (2002):

Trailer only. Availible on 3 Dead Girls! (2007)


Tim Burton’s Vincent (1982) and Frankenweenie (1984):


Jennifer Kent’s Monster (2005):


Andrés Muschietti
‘s Mama (2013):


James Wan’s Saw (2000):

Sam Raimi’s Within the Woods (1978):

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[0:24:33] II. INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER NICHOLAS PETERSON

— A life in shorts
— Nick’s short horror films Drained, The Visitant, and Sticky Fingers
— Nick recommends La Jetée, Mama, Rise and Thriller
— Video store nostalgia


[0:45:10] III. OUR TOP 5 HORROR SHORTS

DAVE “DR. SHOCK” BECKER’S TOP 5 HORROR SHORTS

1. Tim Burton’s Vincent (1982):


2. 
BC Furtney’s Mr. Eryams (2004):
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3. Christopher Alan Broadstone’s Scream For Me from 3 Dead Girls! (2007):


4. Joel Robertson’s Shadows of the Dead (2000):


5. Nacho Vigalondo’s A is for Apocalpse from
The ABCs of Death (2012):

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WOLFMAN JOSH’S TOP 5 HORROR SHORTS

1. Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo (2013):

2. David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out (2013):

3. Alasdair McBroom’s The Little Witch (2013) -tie- Tyler Mager and Americo Siller’s Witch (2014):

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4. Devin Supertramp’s An Evening with My Comatose Mother (2011):

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5. Rodney Ascher’s The S From Hell (2010):

Josh’s Honorable mentions:
CubWhen the Zombies ComeDownstairs, Banshee, Autumn HarvestTreevenge, Don’t Move, Eaglewalk

Dave also recommends: Something Weird Video‘s exploitation film collections and Film Movement‘s DVD of the month club.


[1:11:38] V. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

—Dave’s Memoriam for Vince Rotolo of The B-Movie Cast


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LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE:

Nicholas Peterson’s links:
Nick’s official website: NPFILM.com
Support Nick’s Sticky Fingers Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/2320W4z
Behind-the-scenes of Nick’s short film The Visitanthttps://vimeo.com/109543828
Check out Nick’s hand-animated music video: https://vimeo.com/13102445
Nick’s horrific arthouse short, Drainedhttps://vimeo.com/51702114

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Wolfman Josh’s links:
Follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts
Josh covers streaming online movies on: Movie Stream Cast
Follow MSC on Twitter: @MovieStreamCast
Like MSC on: Facebook

Dr. Shock’s links:
Dave’s daily movie review Web site: DVDInfatuation.com
Follow Dave on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation
Like Dave’s DVD Infatuation, now on: Facebook
Dr. Shock’s other horror podcast: Land of the Creeps

Dr. Walking Dead’s links:
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94 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 089: Horror Shorts and an Interview With Nicholas Peterson

  1. Jay of the Dead here:
    My sincere thanks, appreciation and admiration to my friends and colleagues, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock, for producing another great episode of HMP in my absence. Excellent work, Gentlemen, as always… Thank you for guiding the ship aright.

    My apologies to the HMP listeners for missing another show: I was helping out with a very important guest appearance on the Geek Cast Live Podcast this week (linked above). But Josh and Dave made me proud, once again, because those two dudes are Dead Serious About Horror Movies…

    I’ll bring you my thoughts on “The Darkness” (2016) on our next episode. I didn’t want to taint the good vibes of this show by talking about that movie. But in short, 4 out of 10 ( Avoid ). Sorry, Kevin Bacon.

    R.I.P. Vince Rotolo — a fixture and a shining light in the movie podcasting firmament…

    JOTD

    • I’m so glad I watched that Lights Out short during the day because I don’t think I could cope otherwise. Very scary and effective and I’m super psyched about a feature length adaptation although I do worry that additional exposition might dilute the pure, laser-focus of creepiness.

        • Definitely, Lights Out is awesome, the epitome of simple but effective…and it going viral and being picked-up as a feature is one of the greatest filmmaking success stories of recent times. I love it when a DIY film-maker gets a break like this. Check out the director’s other shorts and the video here in which he shares a little (animation) of what it’s like to receive a call from James Wan’s people…

    • This movie terrifies me already, and I haven’t even seen the short (or trailers). I just have a basic understanding of the plot, and that’s enough. Just like the idea of Freddy Krueger in NOES, this concept is so fundamentally scary.

      I hope the movie lives up to the concept.

      * * *

      Crazy anti-spoiler person question, but would you hold off on watching the short until after seeing the feature length film? Probably a difficult question to answer since nobody has seen the feature length film, but what are your thoughts?

    • I’m excited for this. I saw the trailer when I went to see “The Invitation” with my mom. The opening of the trailer is so scary. Can’t wait to watch the short this weekend.

    • I think J-horror is generally the most effective and creepy sub-set of horror for me. Definitely going to check these out. Thanks.

      • I do feel like modern J-horror is generally far less artful and unique than the stuff they were doing back in the 50’s and 60’s but they sure have got a well tailored formula for delivering total creepiness.

        As I said though, some of these are pretty bad but worth it if you want a few cheap, bite-sized scares.

  2. Can’t wait to listen to this episode (and the last one too… I’m slackin’). I’ve not really delved much into horror shorts, but I recommend this one. It’s an adaptation of a creepypasta, which I first heard on The NoSleep Podcast. Spend 4 minutes on this puppy. It’s pretty neat.

    • This was actually in my honorable mentions but (as you may be able to hear) we had some technical difficulties and I had to cut this and “Peekers” from the recording. I felt like they were maybe the two worst on my list, so I didn’t stress it. But this is a really fun one. Honestly, it reminds me of what works so well in the A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night teaser trailer. I wondered if this story may have influenced her. I also wondered if Peekers crept into The Visit by any chance. Both of these shorts were pretty high profile.

      If you haven’t seen this teaser, I recommend checking it out. I think it’s scarier than the tone of the movie and oddly scarier than even this scene when it plays out in the movie.



      And Mark Steensland’s Peekers, for anyone who is interested. The production values are low, the first two minutes don’t matter and I don’t love the VERY end, but everything in the old man’s house scares the living crap out of me.



      • Really? I didn’t realize there were any technical difficulties, honestly. I’m happy The Smiling Man was in your honorable mentions. I finally got to the episode just a few hours ago, and I can’t wait to check out the shorts you’ve posted. Well done!

  3. I’m loving some of these shorts. It’s so cool that we can listen to the episode and then just go straight to the show notes and watch the topical films with ease. I really loved the way that the horror in “The Little Witch” isn’t apparent until that final unhinged moment and the way it just leaves you hanging there in terror. And “The S From Hell” is totally fascinating to me. I’m curious if the content is mostly fictional or if the Screen Gems logo really did terrify so many different people. The psychology behind such a phenomenon would be worthy of a feature length film.

    • I agree. I was lukewarm on the topic, but watching the accompanying short films is definitely raising the cool factor. I didn’t expect to be spending so much time watching horror shorts today, but I. can’t. stop.

    • I just watched “The S From Hell” and really enjoyed it. I am totally willing to believe that the logo scared quite a few kids. I used to be bothered by the WGBH Boston logo that would play after programs on the public broadcasting station in the 1980’s. “The S From Hell” cracked me up, and I loved some of the clips and scenes worked in to accompany individual accounts. A deeper study would be really interesting.
      Here is a link to the WGBH logo as it would materialize on television. I noticed in the you tube comments that this used to freak out other kids as well. I think the music sounds a bit like angry digital bees.

  4. First off, big thanks to Josh for including videos to most of the shorts mentioned in the show. It makes watching them so much easier.

    Since Dr. Shock mentioned Fangoria’s Blood Drive a couple of times, I thought I’d give a shout out to the short that stood out to me the most the first time I watched the DVD. The very first segment of the movie was a short called The Hitch. It’s a simple story of a hitch hiker being picked up in the middle of the night and the viewers are left trying to decide which one is the killer. I’m a total sucker for these sort of stories due to the whole back and forth second guessing that the viewer does.

  5. Holy sh!t!!! I’m only halfway through the 2 minute long short Lights Out and I already paused it twice because I’m genuinely scared. And I’m watching it at my desk at an office with tons of people walking around, in the middle of the day. Good job! This is one I’ve heard a lot about but never actually sought it out. I did watch the trailer for the full length feature and even though it looks scary (and I love the poster), there’s something about the brevity and straightforward approach of the short film format that really captures the essence of fear. It’s like a shot of espresso. It’s small, but boy does it get you going!

    • It’s also a great format to execute an idea to the maximum effect of its potential without worrying about anything else. That’s why The Little Witch is so damn effective. I loved it!

  6. Honestly, I hope you all see his one. It’s also named “the Smiling Man,” but I personally think this is scarier. It’d be a great beginning or flashback scene in a horror film.

  7. Amazing episode! I am a huge fan of horror shorts and find myself frequenting them on youtube in my spare time. Surprisingly a few that you guys mentioned I have never heard of so I watched those immediately and they were great. Not sure how fond any of you are on animated horror but I really enjoyed this one and hope you do to!

    https://youtu.be/l9xX6lQ_gdY

  8. Thanks for posting all of these shorts so we can watch them! I think I am going to have to muster up some courage to watch Lights Out.

    I am more familiar with animation shorts than general horror, but two of my favorites are from the Night Gallery pilot episode. “The Cemetery” with Roddy McDowall and Ossie Davis is the first segment of the three and I absolutely love it. The second segment is called “Eyes” with Joan Crawford in the lead and it was directed by Steven Spielberg. I had trouble finding the pilot online, but the rest of the series is on hulu.

    Also, I was obsessed with the making of Thriller video as a kid, so it was fun to hear you guys talk about that. I have always been fascinated by practical effects. I thought it was what I wanted to do for a living, and then when it came time to go to college cgi was all the rage and I became discouraged. I am glad to see it growing in appreciation and being used in films again. My husband and I have plans to build a small stop motion studio once we buy a house with enough space, so perhaps one day an animated horror short will happen.

    • Oh, now I want to search out those Night Gallery videos!

      Thanks, Allyson. Let us know what you think of some of these individual shorts.

      Always glad to find a fellow Thriller fan. Especially of that behind-the-scenes video!

      Super-cool that you and your husband are into stop motion. I hope we see a short from you sooner than later.

      • Night Gallery was the BEST… when I was allowed to watch it, which was basically never after one episode where mannequins came to life and I refused to go in clothing sections after that. I was about 5 or 6.

        • In fact, I wanted to consume every episode of Night Gallery, Night Stalker, (both in syndication in the 80s) Freddy’s Nightmares. and Friday the 13th the series.

          By the time I was allowed, these were all gone.

          Luckily, Monsters, Tales from the Darkside, and Tales From the Crypt were all airing or in syndication.

        • I was also really afraid of mannequins as a kid! I once had to go to a store opening event with my parents where they had models on platforms posed as mannequins. I was about 6, and I knew that they were real people, but I was really creeped out when one winked at me. To be honest, I am still not a fan. I borrowed one while working on a costuming project, and my husband and I both were repeatedly startled by it.

    • Awesome Allyson! I totally agree. I think you and I have talked about that Night Gallery pilot before. It was a huge influence on me. I love it so much. The segment “The Cemetery” is just excellent! It used to scare the hell out of me, still does actually. Josh, really do try to find it if you can. “Eyes” with Joan Crawford is also great.

      The whole series is on Hulu, but it looks like the pilot isn’t there unfortunately :(

      Here’s a low res version of it from Daily Motion. Might work for ya:
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bqxj4_night-gallery-pilot-11-08-1969_shortfilms

  9. Wolfman and Doc… I just finished this episode a few hours ago, and I freakin’ LOVED it. I love me some JOTD… and Sal can confirm this… but you two did great in his stead. I can’t wait to check these short films out and to see what Nicholas Peterson is up to with his film. He’s a great guest.

    I was ESPECIALLY happy when Doc Shock mentioned ALL HALLOW’S EVE because the third short in that movie, TERRIFIER, is in my Top 3 shorts easy. I said this a couple months ago, but the movie TERRIFIER is coming out in the next year or so. They just wrapped up and are shopping the film around to different festivals. Art the Clown is a horror icon in the making.

    Anyway, great job, fellas. I loved this episode a ton. You guys really are doing something truly great with this podcast.

  10. A couple of supplementary videos we discussed that aren’t horror shorts …

    THE MAKING OF THRILLER:

    https://youtu.be/O10JryL6nBA?t=12s

    If you like behind-the-scenes docs, this is great. The Rick Baker stuff is especially good. Man, I love Rick Baker. Another not-technically-horror reference, but I really like the skeletal zombie Baker made for Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. They looks so good and are totally different than these zombies. In terms of technique, my favorite zombies are: 1. Thriller 2. The Haunted Mansion and 3. Resident Evil: Extinction. If you haven’t seen the behind the scenes docs for those last two, I’d totally recommend those as well.

    Also, it’s crazy how much John Landis in this video looks like his son looks now.

    And then, I talked about Devin Supertramp who does those Action Sports videos. Here are my two favorites that I mentioned on the show:

    1. WORLD’S LARGEST ROPE SWING
    This is my favorite thing ever.
    https://youtu.be/4B36Lr0Unp4

    2. THE BLOB
    Gary the Unicorn fans will recognize Matt Mattson.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spq-K1J0yk8

    Also, isn’t Utah beautiful in these videos? You guys should come hang out!

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  12. I finally got around to watching Hush earlier this week, and also caught up with Let Us Prey. Both are streaming on Netflix in the U.S.

    Hush has already been discussed a lot on here, so I won’t say much. This movie feels like it’ll be my Kristy of 2016 – there’s not much to it and it doesn’t show us anything really new, but it’s very well done and a lot of fun. I know a few people have complained about the killer taking off his (creepy-ass) mask. I was a bit bummed about that at first, too, but so much of the movie relies on him NOT wearing the mask. Would I have preferred him to keep that mask on? Maybe… but I’m ok with how it went down.

    Hush is probably somewhere around an 8/10 for me – it’s a really fun watch, so you should check it out if you haven’t already.

    Let Us Prey is a different kind of movie; not at all what I was expecting. I’ll admit that I had no idea what was going on for a good long while… then I thought I had somewhat of a handle on things… and then everything just flew off the rails in a crazy way at the end. There’s so much symbolism and hidden meaning throughout the movie. It’s also very ambiguous about several plot points, which leaves it open to interpretation. And the film grabbed me from the word go – the very opening, with Liam Cunningham’s character rising from the ocean, the black crows and the music. So good.

    I think I maybe kind of love this movie; at the very least, I liked it a lot. Had I seen it last year then it would have definitely made my 2015 top 10 list, possibly as high as #2. I’m going to go with a 9/10 for Let Us Prey, but I could see that going up to a 9.5 upon re-watch… after peeling back some of those layers.

    • YES!! I fall on team #HushwasAmazing for sure, Dino. I will check out Let Us Prey in October for 31 Days of Halloween.

    • Also, I’ve been arguing with a buddy to the death about the mask coming off when it did. Narratively speaking and for character motivation, the mask came off at the EXACT time it needed to. The when and why he takes the mask off says so much in that moment that it would have been less scary to keep it on.

      Yes. The mask was dope, but removing it for that narrative construct was doper (more dope?). That said if Flanagan gets the new Halloween movie and has Michael Meyers take the mask off, that’s a different story.

    • John Gallagher Jr. had some good facial expressions in the movie and you could definitely argue one scene in particular made it necessary for him to be maskless, but I think it all comes down to this stance. If you’re going to have that awesome of a mask, keep it on the killer. Otherwise, either don’t bother with the mask at all or just have him wear a normal knit style mask that doesn’t have the cool factor of the mask used in the film. I would have been fine had Hush never featured any sort of mask.

      Showing the mask and then ditching it so quickly made it seem like one big tease.

  13. If you have Amazon Prime, there is a horror short called Foxes with some body horror. It’s 15 minutes and worth a look IMO.

  14. Hi guys,

    Well, as long time listener (started with the Weekly Horror Movie Podcast and caught up with Planet Macabre, CTS, LOTC and more) and only occasional message board poster (purely because I know I’d spend so much time chatting with you all I’d get little else done!), it was a VERY pleasant surprise to receive a shout out from Josh in this episode.

    I listened to the first half on my lunch hour yesterday and thought ‘Maybe I’ll post my short on the message board…’ and today I nearly fell off my chair when Josh asked me to. Thank-you Wolfman.

    The Brethren started out as an entry into a 3 minute short film competition being run by FrightFest in London (which I attend annually without fail) then, as we realised it would run over 3 minutes, became an 11min short. In stretching a 3min concept to an 11min film we (well, I, I’ll take the blame!) wound up with a piece that’s arguably too ambiguous, but I hope you enjoy it as a spooky little experience inspired by olde English mythology.

    It’s a 100% home-grown production and was a bit of a rollercoaster ride (fake blood, sweat and tears), but such a valuable experience overall – the highs were well worth the lows.

    If any of you guys have the film-making itch, don’t ignore it, it probably won’t go away, scratch it, get out there and make something. DIY film-making is hard, at times soul-destroyingly so, but it’s worth it. And then some. Feels great to offer horror and the community that’s treated you so well a little something in return.

    • Thanks for posting, Shane. I do remember watching this.

      Could you share a bit about the myth the film is based on?

      I’m as surprised as you that I remembered both your name AND the correct title of the film all this time later.

      Love hearing a bit of your backstory and a little behind-the-scenes.

      Thanks again for sharing.

      • Not a problem Josh, more than happy to. It’s actually really nice to have a chance to start seeing the wood for the trees as it were – to take stock with a bit of hindsight now it’s been a while since we made the film. I hope you liked it, or aspects of it, by the way. I know I managed to include ‘whipsers’ on the soundtrack which Jay doesn’t find scary…!

        SPOILERS COMING UP…

        It wasn’t one myth in particular, more an amalgamation of elements of UK mythology and history that have intrigued me since I was a kid. Things like the Harvest Festival they used to have at school, the ‘secret handshakes’ of mysterious societies like the Freemasons I’d heard about, occult rituals involving sacrifice’s… These things are just kind of in the air and I soaked up the ‘idea’ and ‘feel’ of them over the years. That and I’d recently seen The Wicker Man for the first time!

        The FrightFest competition was called ‘666: Short Cuts to Hell’ and they gave six titles to choose from, one being ‘6 Shooter’. They also had a list of ‘six’-related rules – maximum six lines of dialogue, maximum six hours shooting time and so on. So I started thinking along the lines of 666, the occult, ‘6 Shooters’ – maybe I could add an ‘s’ to the title so they could be drinks…

        Around that time, my friend moved into a new house (built in 1888 if I remember right, it’s where we shot the film) and he found some artefacts buried in his garden including an arrowhead and a small hammer-like tool…so that was on my mind too. What if he dug up a box containing six potions? What if they were concocted by a secret society in Victorian times, who were still carrying out the practices of Pagan-type witches but using them to gain power for their own self-serving ends? What if they buried these potions for people to find years later? And if someone drank them, what if they entered another dimension of consciousness and became vulnerable to the spirits/demons doing the societies’ bidding, created by their sacrifices?

        Anyway, I’ve probably WAY over-answered!

  15. Fun show guys!!! I’m excited to do a marathon of all these shorts over the weekend. I couldn’t wait and watched Vincent already. Man… I miss Tim Burton’s quality film making.

    Again, great show! Great insight on the short film format Josh!

  16. hey wolfman, great show brother, although i thought you might give me a shout out for the the short “monster” pointing you in the right direction about babbadook lol, anyway hats off to you for the show and lights out , wow got to be to honest scared me, made me jump, had to show my wife scared the sh*t out of her. i agree with you wolfman not sure if this going to translate to 1hr 30 film or whatever but i will be interested to see.
    Top chats with nicholas peterson loved it , more please.
    shout to neil gonzalez, loved the smiling man, creepy stuff brother, by the end i just wanted to the girl to pull out a gun and blow him away, great shout neil.
    too dino yes brother “let us prey” bang on the money, stay with with it and its a great film.
    people still talking about the “hush”and the mask coming off , having watched again, maybe there could of put it later in the film , because its a reaction to what she writes on the window, so put it later in the film??
    Anyway to finish ive never watched so many short films because of this and i love it, a lot have been bad , but there are some gems “bed time” being a great twist.
    wolfman you have unearthed something here, im not saying a new podcast but maybe a regular add on to hmp. ?????

    • You’re the second person to request more shorts as a segment, Tony. Might be worthwhile.

      I still have a couple “Wolfman’s Got Nards” segements on the docket to do and then all of my Giallo segments, but maybe after that.

      I will continue to bring up any good shorts that I stumble across.

      Now, re: Babadook. I probably should have credited you, but it did still take some looking on my part as you said:

      “im sure the babadook was taken from a short story called monster”

      So, I didn’t know right away that it was a short FILM or directed by the same filmmaker. ALSO, I think I actually brought this up way back when we originally reviewed The Babadook and just forgot.

      But thank you for pointing me in the right direction. Sincerely. I always try to give credit and I failed you here.

  17. Looking outside of the box for horror shorts, how about TV openings? There’s two TV openings from my childhood that stands out to me for scaring me back in the day.

    Unsolved Mysteries
    https://youtu.be/i5h2x3G40to

    While I used to enjoy watching the show as a kid, the series could freak me out as well. Between the theme music and Robert Stack being one of the scariest men from TV history, I always hated having to watch the intro.

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    https://youtu.be/3pBBLN0w7NY

    This damn opening scared me so badly as a kid that it took me awhile to finally muster up the courage to actually watch the show. As it turns out, the show was a lot more lighthearted and innocent than the terrifyingly creepy intro.

  18. For anyone looking to go see Conjuring 2 when it comes out later this week, Amazon currently has a deal going on where if you buy Conjuring or Annabelle on Blu-Ray or DVD, you will receive a $8 (Blu-Ray purchase) or $5 (DVD purchase) Fandango gift card good for Conjuring 2. The gift card will be e-mailed to you, so you won’t even need to wait for the Amazon order to arrive at your house before using it.

    If you’re like me and prefer matinees to later in the night showings, you’re practically getting a free Blu-Ray with your already intended ticket to see The Conjuring 2.

  19. The one thing I definitely learned from this episode is that I have a heck of a lot of short films to watch.

    Safe Haven is without a doubt the greatest one I have ever viewed.

    Maybe that opinion will change after I catch up on the 4,000 shorts mentioned on the episode & board.

  20. I love horror shorts and my 2 favorites were not mentioned at all here! I did not read all the comments so they may be here but firs this one is one of the most well done shorts I have seen, terrifying south american religious horror by the awesome director Dennison Ramalho, this dude knows horror :

  21. The 2nd one is Suckablood which is so well done, its like a ride through the Disney Haunted Mansion , it has that sort of feel with a really killer ending. I have watched this like 30 times , enjoy! XD

  22. Hey guys, I am a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and I just released my senior thesis film, “The Observances of Father Gabriel”! We showed it here at the SCAD theater in Savannah, and it was a great turn out. I would love to hear what you guys think.

    • Really cool, Joe. Thanks for sharing this. I could easily see a feature set in this world. It’s a really cool premise.

      SPOILERS
      Really liked the turn. I’m so curious to know more about these characters. What their scheme is. How much does the choir girl know?

      I think it’s tricky to try what you did with the dialog. The fear is that in attempting to hide the twist, the dialog become too vague and meaningless.

      Some really cool shots worked into the short. Loved that high shit with the ceiling and that third digging shot with the headlights. The “grab” shot could have been more effective. Those are hard to stage if you don’t have a lot of time to figure it out. I did a Jack the Ripper inspired music video once when I was in school, it had three grabs and they all sucked.

      You did a great job as an editor. I think your story is strong. I’d work on the dialog and blocking and casting and make it into a feature. I’d watch it, for sure!

      • Thanks Josh!

        I really appreciate the feedback. I completely agree with you everything you said. I would really like to make this into a feature at some point, maybe when I’m more of an established graduate haha.

        I also appreciate the editor comments! My focus is editing, and that’s what I am pursuing so that’s great to hear.

        I can’t wait to share more with you guys in the future!

  23. Hey, guys and gals
    This one is more of a Halloweeny-scary-funny short movie! Kinda like a quick scary story that kids would tell each other at a sleepover, if you know what I mean? :-)
    Side note… the DP is one of my childhood friends!

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